Professional Development Plan / 2011-2012

At Conservatory Lab, we constantly assess how our students are achieving. We have created a structure that allows us to stay focused on the cycles of understanding critical to the work we do in our classrooms. Similarly, in order to meet these goals for our students, we have a set of targeted Learning Experiences for our teaching staff as well.

We take great pride in the professionalism of our faculty and staff. We are deeply committed to improving our practice as educators so that our students’ academic and artistic achievements soar. Our Professional Development Committee is comprised of teachers and administrators who work collaboratively to identify and design annually a program of school-wide professional development.

During the 2011-2012 school year, we are focusing our professional development on Differentiated Instruction, and writing across the disciplines.

We are engaging a variety of assessment tools and honing our process of data review in order to stay up to date on the progress of each student in each grade. Data informs instruction helps to refine each cycle of learning.

We continue to work with Expeditionary Learning (EL) school designers to strengthen our Learning Expeditions. Designers are experts in the implementation of EL and serve as a resource to our teachers and curriculum editor.

Teachers meet for professional development each Tuesday afternoon and participate in a series of daylong institutes at school. In addition, teachers are given opportunities to attend off-site conferences and workshops in EL, reading, writing, math, science, and instructional coaching. Our teachers are regular participants and presenters at local and national conferences.

A strong administrative structure provides the proper foundation for good teaching and learning. Our administrative staff commits itself to open, clear, and consistent communication, as well as thoughtful teacher supervision and evaluation.


For more information on Differentiated Instruction and the Achievement Network, explore the Family Handbook, a ready resource for Conservatory Lab families